Jayson Tatum has drawn plenty of comparisons to Celtics legend Paul Pierce - even from Pierce himself - and now, one of Pierce’s fellow recently retired rivals has taken a particular interest in Tatum’s game.
Lakers legend Kobe Bryant broke down Tatum’s game - and suggested an area where the 20-year-old Celtics rookie could improve - as part of Bryant’s show “Details” available online on ESPN+
Bryant focused on a play in the Celtics’ Eastern Conference Finals Game 2 victory over the Cavaliers where Larry Nance Jr. was defending Tatum. Bryant suggested that Tatum could take advantage of Nance playing in the paint to keep him from driving to the basket for a catch-and-shoot opportunity off the screen. He advises Tatum to use former Pistons and UConn star Rip Hamilton as an example.
Tatum responded with a one-word tweet:
Speaking as Tatum, who has already set a Celtics rookie record by scoring 20-plus points in five consecutive playoff games, Bryant imagines the rookie saying: "If I could figure out how to do that with my game, it’ll take my game to another level, it’ll make us a better team, and the sky’s the limit.”
A Laker legend helping a young Celtic get better?
Um, thanks, Kobe?
The Celtics are among several NBA teams with interest in signing Euro League star Brad Wanamaker, according to international basketball reporter David Pick.
The Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat also have interest in Wanamaker, according to Pick.
Wanamaker, 28, a 6-foot-4 guard, went undrafted out of the University of Pittsburgh in 2011. He's averaged 14.9 points and 4.9 assists and shot 43 percent, 36 percent from 3, in three Euro League seasons.
The Celtics got a solid season from European free-agent signee Daniel Theis of Germany last season (5.3 points, 4.3 rebounds in 14.9 minutes a game before a knee injury in March.
University of Miami guard Bruce Brown, who's from Boston, played in the area in high school and is a possibility when the Celtics pick 27th on Thursday night in the NBA draft, will work out for Boston for a second time this week, Keith Smith of RealGM reports.
Smith, 6-foot-5, 195 pounds, saw his draft stock drop after his sophomore season ended with a foot injury in January.
The defensive-minded point guard is an inconsistent shooter (27 percent on 3-pointers last season) but Smith reports he fits the mold of Avery Bradley, Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart.
Brown was born in Boston and played at Wakefield (Mass.) High and at Vermont Academy.
Also visiting the Celtics for a second workout, according to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune, is Cincinnati guard Jacob Evans, another defense-first guard who's bigger (6-6, 210), but similar to Brown.